Xiamen Airlines has firmed an order for 20 Boeing 737 Max 8 and 10 737 Max 10 aircraft.
In a stock exchange statement through parent China Southern Airlines, it details that the jets will be delivered between 2019 and 2022. Five -8s will first join the airline’s fleet in 2019, followed by seven in 2020. In 2021, it will take eight -8s and seven -10s, before receiving the final three -10s in 2022.
The acquisition will be funded partly by internal resources and partly through loans and other finance arrangements.
Xiamen Airlines adds that the new generation aircraft will improve its operating efficiency, help maintain its “streamlined and efficient” fleet structure, as well as expand capacity.
The carrier, together with China Southern, first signed an agreement to acquire 110 Boeing 737s, including the 30 737 Max aircraft, in December 2015.
Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that Xiamen Airlines, an all-Boeing operator, already has 139 737-800s and 10 737-700s in service.